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Awards / Honors

Nominations open for CPC Positive Action Award

February 6, 2013

Has someone you know made a difference in how employees are treated in your workplace? Does your department have policies that are supportive of staff? Do you wish more people knew about these efforts?

You may nominate any academic faculty, administrative professional or state classified staff member or group for a Positive Action Award by 5 p.m., Friday, March 15. Please send your letter of nomination to Rosemary Borger at

Include as much specific information as possible about the person's/group’s efforts as well as your contact information.  Award recipients will be selected by the Classified Personnel Council Award Committee.

 Award Purpose and Criteria

The purpose of the award is to recognize persons or groups that have significantly contributed to State Classified employees at Colorado State University through systemic change. Systemic change is not only a one-time accomplishment, but the establishment of policies or actions that create a supportive work environment. The award recognizes efforts that can be considered and should be promoted as “best practices” in fostering employee performance.

Past winners have included:

2010/2011 – The Office of the Vice President for Research. Since Fall 2009, the ODLA team has moved quickly to significantly contribute to state-classified and administrative professional employees. The team meets approximately twice a month to promote professional development, employee recognition, and staff events. The ODLA team is chaired by Margaret Saldana, Organizational Development and Learning Assessment coordinator.

2009 /2010 – Tom Biedscheid. Tom was recognized for his innovative ideas which promote positive experiences for both employees in Student Financial Services and the students they serve. Tom coordinated the “Green Team” in SFS and guided the department in reducing their paper usage. Tom also organizes staff events which promote working together and also allowed for exploring the competitive side of the SFS staff. 

2008/2009 Tag Team Towers – Operations Management, Housing and Dining Services. The Tag Team Towers (a group of state classified and administrative professional employees who provide custodial and maintenance services as well as administrative and residential support for Durward and Westfall halls) was recognized for the way team members have come together and modeled positive communication and team-building for other teams in the department.

2007/2008– The Process Improvement Committee from Facilities Management. This committee was recognized for its work in building a foundation of cooperation by encouraging open communication and respect. Positions on the Committee are open to front-line employees who work together in leadership roles to improve the morale of employees. 

2006/2007 – The Operations Management Division of Housing and Dining Services under the direction of Bill Cole. Bill encouraged and supported employee efforts to launch several innovative programs. His leadership models integrity, credibility, and follow-through and was the driving force for the positive changes in the division.

Contact: Rosemary Borger
Phone: 970-491-5103